We acknowledge that VCC is located on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples who have been stewards of this land from time immemorial, and we recognize our privilege to work and learn here.
We acknowledge that Canada’s residential school system was an act of systemic genocide, the legacy of which continues to harm Indigenous people and communities today.
We acknowledge that VCC is a colonial institution and that as educators, we have a special responsibility to reflect on our own contributions to systemic racism and work to decolonize our attitudes, assumptions, and processes.
We acknowledge that Indigenous ways and knowledge offer tremendous value to our college, greater community, and environment.
We commit to continue listening, learning, and humbly collaborating to the work of reconciliation and decolonization in Canada.